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GLIN==> Press release: A tour of Presidential proportions: Great Lakes Seaway Trail

Title: Press release: A tour of Presidential proportions: Great Lakes Seaway Trail
Presidents Day is February 19, 2007.

PRESS RELEASE:  January 3, 2007                                    
Contact:  Teresa Mitchell, Seaway Trail, Inc., 1-800-SEAWAY-T
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Take a Tour of Presidential Proportions on the Great Lakes Seaway Trail

Sackets Harbor, NY – In 2007, take a tour of Presidential proportions along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail. The Presidential points of interest along the 518-mile driving route that is federally designated as one of America’s Byways and a National Recreation Trail.
James Madison was the 4th U.S. President (1809-1817) and served during the War of 1812. Seaway Trail sites associated with the War of 1812, and the French and Indian War (1754-1763), include Old Fort Niagara, Youngstown; Fort Ontario, Oswego; and the Sackets Harbor Battlefield, Sackets Harbor. A group of men who would be President are associated with the French & Indian War:
... James Monroe served as Secretary of War during the French & Indian conflict and later became the 5th U.S. President (1817-1825)
... John Quincy Adams helped negotiate the Rush-Bagot Agreement that ended the war; he would become the 6th US President (1825-29)
... Andrew Jackson fought as a US Army General in the war; he would become the 7th U.S. President (1829-1837)
... William Henry Harrison served as a US Army General in the war; he would become the 9th U.S. President (1841)
... Zachary Taylor, a Captain and a Major during the war, became the 12th U.S. President (1849-1850)
The American Bus Association’s Top 100 Events for North America for 2007 include commemorative events at French and Indian War sites along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail in New York and Pennsylvania. Seaway Trail, Inc., Sackets Harbor, NY, is coordinating motorcoach tour requests for events to be held May 12-October 15, 2007 on the Seaway Trail, the Lakes to Locks Passage, the Mohawk Towpath and the Revolutionary War Trail.
The 13th U.S. President (1850-53), Millard Fillmore was born in the Seaway Trail’s coastal Cayuga County. He practiced law in Buffalo and was New York State Comptroller before becoming the last Whig to hold the office of President. He is remembered with a statue in front of Buffalo’s City Hall, via a hospital that bears his name and Millard Fillmore College at the University of Buffalo, and his gravesite at Buffalo’s Forest Lawn Cemetery. The Millard and Abigail Fillmore House is a museum (http://ah.phpwebhosting.com/h/fillmore/tc.html) in East Aurora, southeast of Buffalo.
Lifesize statues by artist Don Sottile grace a village park and pay tribute to a meeting in Westfield, NY, along the Seaway Trail’s Lake Erie shoreline, of 16th U.S. President (1861-1865) Abraham Lincoln and Grace Bedell, the 11-year-old girl who suggested he grow a beard.            
As a young Army Lieutenant, Ulysses S. Grant played checkers at the Union Hotel in Sackets Harbor, NY. Today, Grant, who later became the 18th U.S. President (1869-1877), greets visitors as an animatronic host from behind the original back bar of the hotel’s tavern room as part of a cultural history exhibit in the Seaway Trail Discovery Center housed in the historic hotel.                                    
With the assassination of the 25th President William McKinley (1897-1901) during the Pan-American Exposition in 1901 in Buffalo, Theodore Roosevelt took office and served until 1909. Special events at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Historic Site (http://www.nps.gov/thri/) on Buffalo’s Delaware Avenue include lectures, exhibits, walking tours and an annual Victorian Christmas celebration. Robin Williams portrays the adventurous President who saves the American Museum of Natural History in the current box office hit, “Night at the Museum.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower served as the 34th President of the United States (1953-1961). In June of 1959, he traveled to the Seaway Trail’s easternmost terminus of Massena to join with Queen Elizabeth in opening the Saint Lawrence Seaway.
Tim Damon of Damon Rodworks, Potsdam, NY, has the distinction of design a custom-made fly fishing rod for the 41st U.S. President  (1989-1993) George Herbert Walker Bush.
The historic home-now-museum of William H.  Seward in Auburn, NY, welcomed Ulysses S. Grant as a U.S. Army General, and Presidents John Quincy Adams, Martin Van Buren, Andrew Johnson, William McKinley and Bill Clinton, not to mention such notable American women as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Dorothea Dix, and Harriet Tubman. The home of Tubman who lived nearby is today a museum and education center.
Learn more about the Great Lakes Seaway Trail online at www.seawaytrail.com.
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Jpg options – images available from Seaway Trail Publicist at karalynn@gisco.net:
An animatronic Ulysses S. Grant greets visitors from behind the original backbar in the former hotel tavern room that is now houses cultural travel exhibits as part of the Seaway Trail Discovery Center in Sackets Harbor. Note the checkerboard – Grant played checkers here as a young Army Lt. stationed at nearby Madison Barracks. Photo: Seaway Trail, Inc.
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Artist Don Sottile created the lifesize sculptures commemorating the meeting of President Abraham Lincoln and Grace Bedell in Westfield’s Lincoln-Bedell Park. Photo: Don Sottile                                     
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